Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pilot, there’s a radio jockey yakking in the Cockpit

It’s a mix of communication which is causing untold confusion. at the Kolkata airport in Rajarhat area, pilots coming in to land have been facing a rather curious problem. Every day, between 5pm and 6pm, the crackling sound of transmission from All India Radio (AIR) has been intercepting voice communication between the cockpit and the Air Traffic Control (ATC).

And this has been happening for quite some time, said sources at the airport, adding that it has been leading to confusion for many flights.

“There was some obstruction while the pilots were entering the city from the Rajarhat side,” said an airport official.

“Initially, we could not pinpoint the reason for this, but subsequently, technical experts said it was due to transmissions from All India Radio.”

The problem, said a source, is that AIR transmission encroaches upon the contact between pilots and the ATC. Due to this, the airport has been forced to change the direction of landing.

The airport authority has requested AIR for a meeting to discuss the issue. “We need to sort out the matter in discussion with All India Radio transmission authorities. But this is the first time that something like this has happened,” said another airport official.

“We have decided to inform the civil aviation ministry about the matter and seek the help of technical experts to stop the obstruction.

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